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Julius Sturgis

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The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery is located in historic Lititz, Pennsylvania, in the middle of beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Visitors can tour the original pretzel bakery, get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting using a playdough mixture, observe our bakers twisting old-fashioned soft pretzels by hand, and shop for delicious treats and souvenirs in our bakery store. We are not a "working factory" but a historic site.
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The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, founded in 1861 is the first commercial pretzel bakery in America; and the Sturgis Family is the oldest pretzel baking family in America. Learn how Sturgis’ old fashioned recipes and methods were established and how they’re still used today!
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Discover Sturgis Pretzels and the many shapes, sizes, and souvenir packaging they come in. Perfect for any gift!
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Catch Us at These Featured Events

The Rotary Club of Lititz Craft Show

August 13, 2022, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Rotary Club of Lititz Craft Show was launched in 1979 with only local vendors setting up on a single block along E. Main Street in Lititz. Now it has grown into one of the top craft shows on the east coast, drawing 400+ crafters from throughout the United States and Canada. The craft show, always held the second Saturday in August, draws upwards to 50,000 people and is held along the first four blocks of E. Main Street, along three blocks of Broad Street and in Lititz Springs Park.
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Chocolate Walk

October 8, 2022, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tickets Required. Each year on the Saturday before Columbus Day, chocoholics converge on Lititz, Pennsylvania for a day of chocolate bliss! With more than 25 locations, participants tour the shops in downtown Lititz in search of mouth-watering chocolate treats. With samples donated from some of the region’s top chefs, bakers, ice cream shops and candy makers, Lititz Chocolate Walkers literally eat their way across town! All the money raised from ticket sales goes to support children-focused charities in the Lancaster County region.
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Shop Small Saturday in Lititz

November 26, 2022, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Shopping small has a BIG impact on our communities. On Small Business Saturday, we invite you to visit downtown Lititz and celebrate the small businesses that make our downtown thrive. Lititz is home to over 70 locally owned retailers and restaurants that sponsor local sports teams, volunteer their time with local civic organizations and charities, and work hard to beautify our town. Today, and everyday, let’s show them some love!
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Lititz Fire & Ice Festival

February 17-26, 2023
Lititz Fire & Ice Festival 2023 is a free community event and will be held in February, 2023, in Downtown Lititz. Throughout our 10-day celebration, we’ll have all the Fire & Ice awesomeness you’ve come to expect, like wow-worthy ice sculptures, yummy food from our downtown restaurants, and on select days, your favorite food trucks. Of course, there will also be plenty of shopping in the warmth of our downtown shops.
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Pretzel Fest

April, 2023, date TBA
The Kiwanis Club is combining two of our favorites – pretzels and shopping. During this ticketed event, guests stroll through town while sampling our local chef’s take on pretzels.
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Taste of Lititz

June, 2023, date TBD, 5-9 p.m.
Think of it as a block party that celebrates all that makes Lititz great! A Taste of Lititz is a delicious night out that oozes small town charm. Set on East Main Street and surrounded by historic architecture, the event invites you to try small tastes of our local restaurants’ very best bites. They’ll set up right on the street and you’ll be able to stroll along, drink in hand, sampling their goods. Of course, your strolling might turn to dancing thanks to a lineup of live music scheduled throughout the night. Other fun plans? Games geared toward families. This is a special chance to take in all of Main Street’s magic without worrying about traffic. We’ll have Main Street closed to car traffic and open to all of you from Water Street through Broad Street. Thanks to the amazing generosity of our Platinum Sponsors, a Taste of Lititz is a FREE community event. No tickets are required. Just pay for your tastes! Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery will have fresh-baked soft pretzels and cold water for sale!
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Lititz Patriotic Parade

2023 date TBD
The Lititz Patriotic Parade kicks off our Fourth of July Celebration! This annual tradition celebrates our community and our country with a lineup of patriotic bands, floats, veteran groups, dancers, scouts, sports cars and more! This year the Lititz Lions are unveiling a new route that makes the parade safer and parking easier. After the parade, be sure to head to Lititz Springs Park for a performance by Flamin Dick and the Hot Rods!
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Annual July 4th Celebration at Lititz Springs Park

2023 dates TBD
Summer’s hottest ticket! The Park’s 4th of July celebration kicks off with the Lions Club Parade at 6:30 pm, followed by live music in Lititz Springs Park. Sunday’s activities are free for the community. The event continues July 4th at noon in Lititz Springs Park and concludes with a fireworks display, beginning around 9:30 pm. Tickets are required for admittance to the park.
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